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The Bodies That Remain is a collection of bodies and absences. Through biography, experimental essay, interview, fictional manifestation, and poetic extraction, The Bodies That Remain is a collection of texts and images on the bodies of artists and writers who battled with the frustration of their own physicality and whose work reckoned with these limitations and continued beyond them. The essays in The Bodies That Remain look back at how the identities of these bodies were shaped by the spaces around them, through the retelling of memory, through stories told by others, of how their work, processed by their body, made it possible for others to experience sensations – mourning, desire, or a nostalgia that could not belong to another, to another’s body – and in capturing this ability, their work confirms the body’s urgency. Amongst others, The Bodies That Remain tells the story of Emily Dickinson’s decay, the missing grave of Valeska Gert, the voice and sound of the body of Judee Sill, and the derailed body (and work) of Jane Bowles. It questions the absent body but broken organs of JT Leroy as they find themselves scattered across texts, and also interrogates the loss of distinction of illness for Jules de Goncourt as syphilis riddled his nervous system. It retrieves the illusory body of Kathy Acker through dream and through horror, sees the morphing body of Michael Jackson in becoming all of the bodies he was asked to be, and looks toward Sylvia Plath and the language of her own body. Where ‘body’ as a verb makes material something abstract, The Bodies That Remain, as a collection, became bodily.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Emmy Beber
  3. pp. 17-22
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  1. The Life and Deaths of Jane Bowles (or, Reputation
  2. Lynne Tillman
  3. pp. 23-32
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  1. Be Michael Jackson
  2. David Rule
  3. pp. 33-36
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  1. Judee Sill
  2. Mairead Case
  3. pp. 37-42
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  1. Lads of Aran
  2. Claire Potter
  3. pp. 43-52
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  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Jeremy Millar
  3. pp. 53-62
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  1. Pause Between Pauses
  2. Chloé Griffin
  3. pp. 63-76
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  1. Brigid Brophy
  2. Phoebe Blatton
  3. pp. 77-90
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  1. A Body. Beat.
  2. Susanna Davies-Crook
  3. pp. 91-94
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  1. The Language of the Toilet
  2. Travis Jeppesen
  3. pp. 95-110
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  1. Mary Butts
  2. Karen Di Franco
  3. pp. 111-112
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  1. Mnemesoid
  2. Tai Shani
  3. pp. 113-124
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  1. He Dives Too Deep
  2. Philip Hoare
  3. pp. 125-134
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  1. more flinching
  2. Heather Phillipson
  3. pp. 135-214
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  1. The Remaining Body of a Gage Fanfic
  2. Uma Breakdown
  3. pp. 215-224
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  1. Kathy’s Body
  2. Linda Stupart
  3. pp. 225-230
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  1. Envois
  2. Sharon Kivland
  3. pp. 231-242
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  1. Wilhelm Reich
  2. Harman Bains
  3. pp. 243-250
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  1. The Missing Body of JT Leroy
  2. Pil and Galia Kollectiv
  3. pp. 251-262
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  1. more or less matter
  2. Kevin Breathnach
  3. pp. 263-268
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  1. Sylvia Plath
  2. Emily LaBarge
  3. pp. 269-298
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 299-307
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781947447677
MARC Record
OCLC
1100491515
Pages
306
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-04
Open Access
Yes
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